A Darwin man has been awarded the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarship for the Northern Territory, an award supported by the Territory Labor Government to boost our farming sector and create jobs.
Nuffield Farming Scholarships provide individuals with $30,000 which can be used to travel overseas and broaden their research. They bring their new knowledge home, and use it to improve their industry.
Frank Miller, from Rapid Creek, has more than 20 years of experience in the forestry sector. He is Chief Executive of African Mahogany Australia, a company that manages the worlds largest African mahogany plantation.
He will use his scholarship to research how diversification can benefit his industry, including alternative income streams such as carbon offsetting, integrated grazing, understorey cropping and tourism, while continuing to grow timber for profit.
As stated by Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:
The Territory Labor Government is boosting our agricultural sector to create jobs for Territorians.
To grow the sector we need to expand our knowledge and research, and by supporting the Nuffield Farming Scholarship we are helping our farmers achieve this.
A previous winner of this scholarship was Dan Richards of Humpty Doo Barramundi. He won in 2016 and Humpty Doo Barramundi has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, employing more Territorians and producing more barra.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Frank and what he learns on his travels could bring us the next Territory success story in our agricultural sector.